Christmas through the ages in the South East

This article was about Christmas 2019 - check back later in the year for 2020 information.

Experience Christmas throughout the decades at some of our finest houses across the region this season. From a Georgian Christmas at Petworth, to a 1930s Christmas at Standen - relive a traditional Christmas with the National Trust.

Christmas 2020

We are still working on our plans for Christmas 2020 and will update this page with details soon. Any information on this page is out of date and refers to Christmas last year.

A snowy day at Petworth

A Georgian Christmas at Petworth  

Petworth House celebrates a bygone Christmas that reignites the old traditions of the Georgian era with selected rooms of the House and servants' Quarters dressed for an opulent occasion and a 'below stairs' Christmas scene.

The staircase hall at The Vyne decorated for Christmas.

A Victorian family Christmas at The Vyne 

Explore the ground floor of the house for the magical splendour of a Victorian Christmas. On your journey through the house, you’ll explore the Dickensian tale of A Christmas Carol. From old favourites such as the ornate Tudor chapel to new installations such as swathes of paper roses cascading from the banisters of the staircase hall, there is plenty to draw the eye this season.

Scotney Castle Library Christmas Desk

A traditional family Christmas at Scotney Castle 

The mansion at Scotney Castle has stepped back in time to the Victorian era when the Hussey family were in residence. The magic of a traditional Christmas can be found in every room, with huge decorated trees, wooden toys strewn on the floor and a table laid for a feast.

The dining room decorated for Christmas at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Celebrate Christmas with Clementine Churchill 

It's 1947 and Winston is away in Marrakech on a painting holiday, leaving Clemmie home with daughter Mary and son-in-law Christopher for Christmas. Experience a unique festive display as we take you through their story around the ground floor of the house at Chartwell this December.

The dining room at Standen dressed for Christmas

Standen's nostalgic Christmas 

Enjoy Christmas at Standen in West Sussex, where you'll find each room dressed for a 1930s Christmas and feel like one of the Beale’s guests this festive season. Why not come for one of the extended twilight openings for a special view of the house after dark?

Victorian butler and maid decorate a Christmas tree in the Dining Room at Uppark, West Sussex

Uppark's Georgian Christmas 

Step into Uppark's 18th-century interiors sumptuously decorated with sparkle this Christmas, as well as beautiful masked characters created by renowned paper artist Denise Watson. There's also a themed family trail runs for younger families to enjoy.

The table is laid for Christmas dinner in the Great Hall, with a log fire burning in the fireplace on the right, and a large Christmas tree on the left.

A Victorian Christmas at Ightham Mote 

Visit Ightham Mote during the festive season for a celebration of Christmas past with a Victorian Christmas with an American twist.

A Christmas tree at Ham House in Richmond

A candlelit 17th Century Christmas at Ham House 

During December, experience the wonderful atmosphere of Ham House lit by candle light. With candles and natural greenery filling the house, and music, food and of course sparkling trees.

Staff hang the Christmas wreaths at Quebec House, a National Trust property in Kent

A Georgian Christmas at Quebec House 

Step back in time and experience a traditional Georgian Christmas at Quebec House this festive season. Open weekends in December, 1pm-4pm, the house is full of traditional holly and ivy and special Georgian treats.

Festive Christmas Decorations in the Octagon Room

A Victorian Christmas at Basildon Park 

Witness Basildon Park dripping in opulent Christmas décor and feel the glow of thousands of tree lights as we do Christmas the Victorian way.